The Pennsylvania State University

School of Visual Arts


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For studio artists the impulse to create is motivated by curiosity, inquiry and purpose, and is a lifelong search of self-discovery in the pursuit of cultural engagement and public awareness. The studio experience is exploratory and action-based and yields new possibilities or productive failures. Irrespective of the setting in which art is made and experienced, what is common is its power to transform human awareness, insight, and understanding.

Faculty foster students’ habits of mind and enhance their individual ability for invention, adaptation, reflection, risk-taking, and to trust where these unique dispositions might take them. The studio art program with areas of concentration in ceramics, drawing and painting, new media, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students explore their creative and critical capacities in all studio areas and in studies of history, theory and culture.

The Penn State School of Visual Arts offers a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. Areas of studio concentration include drawing and painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, new media and printmaking.